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We love learning about space, Ethan has always been completely fascinated by it, but at 4 he's really starting to ask more questions and want to know more about it. The other day we were talking about the stars and I was explaining that sometimes they make shapes, and he surprised by saying 'you mean constellations?' Clearly I don't give him enough credit for what he already knows about! So this seemed the perfect opportunity to make our own constellations.
What you'll need:
- dark coloured play dough (we made some using my favourite Kool Aid play dough recipe)
- glow in the dark stars
- rolling pins
- a book about space
First they made their own constellations, lining up the stars however they liked to create their own pictures. Then we looked in the book for some inspiration. Ethan liked the look of the Southern Cross, so he made that one first.
Ivy mostly enjoyed hiding the stars inside the play dough and rolling over them. As she's so young and absolutely loves play dough of course that's perfectly fine.
Ethan also made the big dipper, looking carefully at an image of it on my phone and copying the number of stars and their placement onto the dough. We also enjoyed taking the stars off of the play dough and seeing the impressions that they had left.
It was a great start for discussions about stars and constellations, maybe next time we'll try putting some planets into our space play dough!
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